At the end of the day, it just made the most sense.
While most believed that Caron Butler would ultimately sign with the Miami Heat, Butler just couldn’t pass up the opportunity to play for the Oklahoma City Thunder.
A spot where he could have the possibility of playing an extended role, instead of a limited one in Miami.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Butler officially intends to sign with the Oklahoma City Thunder in the next few days. The 33-year-old forward will clear waivers later today.
Despite close relationships and history with the Miami Heat, Butler decided that his best opportunity to make an impact and chase a championship belonged with Oklahoma City. Miami has lost out on the top two free-agent buyout players in Danny Granger and Butler.
The fact that Oklahoma City stopped pursuing Danny Granger several days before his Los Angeles Clippers commitment led many in the NBA to believe the Thunder were confident of securing Butler as a free agent.
The acquisition of Butler could be a tremendous boost to the Thunder, who have lost three straight games for the first time this season. Oklahoma City is 43-15.
Butler averaged 11 points per game this season in a limited role (34 games) for the Milwaukee Bucks and is a career 15 points per game scorer.
The Thunder had been looking for extra scoring from the wing position, and it appears that they may have their man.